Chris Rock faces mounting pressure to skip 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock Under Pressure as Oscars Lack-of-Diversity Controversy Grows
Chris Rock Under Pressure as Oscars Lack-of-Diversity Controversy Grows

As the backlash against the Academy Awards' strikingly all-white nominations continues to grow, with stars announcing they will not attend the high-profile event, some are wondering if host Chris Rock should follow suit.

While some, like Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee and Michael Moore, have been outspoken about the controversy, Rock has remained relatively mum, save for one joke aimed at the ceremony, calling it the "white BET Awards."

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Lee, who slammed the white-washed nominations in a strongly-worded Instagram post, calling the lack of diversity "crazy," defended the comedian's hosting gig in the same post.

"The host is black ... and now black actors and others are shaming him for taking the job?" he wrote. "He earned it."

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Pinkett-Smith, who was the first to boycott the show, also supported Rock.

"Hey, Chris," she wrote on Facebook. "I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won't be watching but I can't think of a better man to do the job at hand this year than you, my friend," the actress said. "Good luck."

But not all celebs agree. Rapper 50 Cent pleaded with the comedian on Monday to drop out of the show.

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